November 11, 2014
Miami Beach selected to host 2015 HACU premier conference on Hispanic higher education
The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) has announced its 29th Annual Conference, “Championing Hispanic Higher Education Success: Empowering Students, Enhancing Collaboration," Oct. 10-12, 2014, will take place at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel in Florida.
On Nov. 12, Antonio R. Flores, president and CEO of HACU and staff members met with Miami-area higher education leaders and supporters to begin preliminary planning. At the meeting, Flores announced the addition of a PreK-12 Higher Education Collaboration Symposium, a pre-conference event for superintendents of Hispanic-Serving School Districts and college/university presidents/CEOs.
Also new for 2015 is the number of hosting institutions for HACU’s Youth Leadership Development Forum. The preconference event for area high school students will focus on STEM careers. The institutions hosting the event will include: Florida International University, Miami Dade College, and St. Thomas University. An estimated combined total of 1,500 high school students are projected to attend, which would make for the largest participation of this event.
The discussion was the first of seven Host and Planning Committee meetings designed to gather feedback from local representatives. The collaborations help ensure the success of the conference, expected to draw 1,500 participants from national and international institutions.
HACU membership in Florida includes twenty institutions and Miami area members include Barry University, Carlos Albizu University Miami, Florida International University, Miami Dade College, and St. Thomas University.
The following individuals were among those who attended the meeting: